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RSL looks for talent in Las Vegas, Real Madrid and Juventus will visit Vegas as well, and Rugby at Rio Tinto


OK, sorry for the miscue on this one. The match in Las Vegas is Real Madrid vs. Juventus not, AC Milan on August 5th.

So the first event is one that will take place far away from the bright lights of Sandy, UT and actually happen in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas:

Real Salt Lake Youth Academy Soccer Tryouts in Las Vegas on May 20, 2012

Open Invitation for Boys in the '96 & '97 Age Groups

Real Salt Lake is hosting an open invitation for boy soccer players to tryout for the RSL Youth Academy soccer program. RSL is expanding its search for the best Intermountain West's young soccer talent for its RSL Youth Academy soccer program in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Boy soccer players born in 1996 & 1997 will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet the RSL Youth Academy coaches. Tryout participants have the potentially to enter the ranks of the RSL Youth Development program while at the soccer tryouts, which will be hosted at The Alexander Dawson School located at 10845 West Desert Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada.

you can get more information on the Grande Sports Academy website, or register on the RSL Academy Tryout page.

Oh and did you hear the news that it has been verified for August 5th that Real Madrid will take on Juventus in Las Vegas? You can find more information here or order your tickets for the match here. I know that this is likely to be the second of my summer trips to go see some international teams play. First up will be Liverpool vs Spurs in Baltimore on July 28th, then back home for work, and then off to Las Vegas to see Real Madrid and Juventus. Yes I am happy to see these teams spread the sport to the US, but nothing will beat the summer that Real Salt Lake has on schedule.

after the jump, find out about a fun event at Rio Tinto Stadium next weekend.

Rio Tinto Stadium hosts USA Rugby Championships Saturday, May 19

Utah's "Home of Rugby" Opens Doors to Several Local & National Powerhouses

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, May 9, 2012) - The top levels of collegiate and high school rugby once again return to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, May 19 as theUSA Rugby National Championships will be held for its second consecutive year at the Sandy venue, considered Utah's "Home of Rugby" since 2009.

Elite college and high school teams from across the country are set to compete as championship matches will take place in the High School Club, High School, College Division II, Division 1-AA and D1-A competitions.

In the Boys High School division, Snow Canyon will represent the Beehive State. Two clubs from Utah will also vie for bragging rights in the High School Club Bracket: United and TRYBE. The Utah Valley University Rugby team will complete in the Men's Division II College championship while Division 1-A's BYU Cougars compete this Saturday against Life University for a spot in the finals. More info on all the Championships can be found at

Tickets are now available for the Rugby Championships and can be purchased online or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office. Tickets start at $17 and increase depending on seat location to $27. Friday's action is open to the public and no tickets are needed.

Members of the media looking to request credentials for the May 19 event are asked to contact Eric Taber with USA Rugby at or at (303) 539-0300 ext. 128.

Rio Tinto Stadium is Utah's "Home of Rugby," having hosted numerous top-level matches and tournaments in conjunction with USA Rugby, including international, collegiate and high school events. Past events include the 2011 USA Rugby Championships, which Cal-Berkeley won 21-14 over BYU in a memorable affair last May 21, and a U19 matchup between local rivals Highland Rams and Utah United and the BYU-Utah rivalry game in March 2010.

I attended this event last year, and it was a lot of fun. So if you are into rugby or just want to check it out, no better time than this.

So there you go, RSL looking for future players in Las Vegas, a big time international friendly coming this summer to Las Vegas, and some rugby coming to Rio Tinto Stadium next weekend.